Blackhawks win in OT to tie series with Blues 2-2
Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal.
Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals for the Blues and Miller finished with 30 stops.
Tarasenko’s fourth goal of the playoffs made it 3-2 at 12:26 of the third, but Bickell tipped Michal Rozsival’s slap shot past Miller to tie it with 3:52 left in regulation.
Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last season, had a shot go off the crossbar earlier in overtime. It was his best game of the series after he missed the last part of the season with a leg injury.
At Stars 4, Ducks 2
Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski scored 1:22 apart on Dallas’ first two shots in the third period and the Stars beat top-seeded Anaheim in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series that is all even now.
Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim, and the best-of-seven series returns Sunday to American Airlines Center for Game 6.
Even without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a surprise late scratch with an upper-body injury, and healthy scratch Teemu Selanne, the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Stars captain Jaime Benn scored unassisted, his third goal of the series, off a faceoff 27 seconds into the second period. Vernon Fiddler managed to get the puck in a small gap between the post and rookie goalie Frederick Andersen to tie it at 2 at 6:33 of the second.
At Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave Columbus a win over Pittsburgh.
The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise’s 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.
Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz and James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But Ryan Johansen and Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, making only its second postseason trip.
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